Sgt. Chad Reimer, left, and Staff Sgt. Robert Cariveau, both of Company A, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, practice night-time target acquision with the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) during annual training, Fort William Henry Harrison, Montana, May 16, 2021. (National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jordan Hart, Company A, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment)
Now, with the GBDAA radar in-place, the Hooligans can take-off from Hector Field without a chase aircraft and travel to multiple FAA-approved airspace locations to conduct training with joint ground and air units. GBDAA also will decrease response time if the MQ-9 is tasked to support domestic operations (DOMOPS) situations.
The system is anticipated to decrease the weather cancellation rate by more than 30 percent, and increase training flight-hour production by more than 35 percent due to increased scheduling flexibility and increased transit speeds.
Photo: Lt. Col. Ryan Becker, 119th Wing chief of plans, speaks to members of the 119th Operations Group, as he prepares an MQ-9 for taxi and take-off as part of a first-flight that tested the wing’s new ground-based detect and avoid radar system at the N.D. Air Guard base, May 13, 2021.
This first flight was a culmination of efforts across the 119th Wing. Additionally, it involved more than four years of coordination with the National Guard Bureau, FAA, local air traffic controllers, and contractors to finalize the process to allow the Hooligans to conduct flights of the MQ-9 using a GBDAA radar system at Hector Field.
“The ability to operate the MQ-9 in the NAS without a chase aircraft is a really big deal,” said Lt Col Ryan Becker, 119th Wing chief of plans. “This advancement enables the Hooligans to expand our ability to facilitate continuation training for the MQ-9 enterprise.”
Photo: Lt. Col. Ryan Becker, 119th Wing chief of plans, taxis down the runway at Hector Field in an MQ-9 as part of a first-flight that tested the wing’s new ground-based detect and avoid radar system, May 13, 2021.
Bridge erection boats are latched to connected bays of the Improved Ribbon Bridge during rafting operations on the Missouri River, May 15, 2021.
Military Police Train on Medical Evacuation
Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 131st Military Police (MP) Battalion, conducted MEDEVAC (medical evacuation) training supported by a UH-72A Lakota helicopter from the Nebraska Army National Guard's Company D, 1st Battalion, 376th Aviation Regiment, during annual training, Camp Ripley Training Center, Minnesota, May 19, 2021. (National Guard story and photos by Maj. Jay Shelton, 131st Military Police Battalion)
This aerial MEDEVAC training is in preparation for the MP's three-day culmination FTX (field training exercise) scheduled to begin May 21, 2021. About 300 Soldiers from the 131st MP Battalion, consisting of the 191st MP Company, the 816th MP Company, and the 3662nd Support Maintenance Company (SMC) are engaged in annual training at Camp Ripley Training Center for the past week. Soldiers completed the Army Combat Fitness Test, and improved their lethality through weapons training that including the qualification with the M4 carbine and M249 squad automatic weapon (SAW); the Browning M2 50 caliber and M240B 7.62 machine guns; M9 Combat Pistol, as well as the M9 United States of America Law Enforcement (SALE) used by military and civilian law enforcement officers.